Learning sessions provide information and technical assistance to UndocuLiaisons that will enhance planning and development of college USAW events. If you need a copy of the presentation, please reach out to us via email at undocuinfo@foundationccc.org.
Session Date & Time Title and Description Presenters
 1 09/21
1:00 - 2:00 pm

Student Leadership: Giving Voice to Undocumented Students

The SSCCC and local student associated bodies represent all students, not just select populations of students. This Learning Session will provide students with information and resources about how to elevate and empower undocumented student voices in their pursuit of academic excellence. Student leaders will share their experience in advocating on critical key issues, which can be used by both undocumented students and allies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Empower student leaders
  • Educate student leaders about topics relevant to the undocumented community

Webinar Recording - Session 1

Student Senate for California Community Colleges

 2 09/21
3:00 - 4:00 pm

Best Practices for Undocumented Student Centers

College of the Canyons Undocumented Resource Center would like to have the honor of giving a presentation on the initial stages of creating an Undocumented Resource Center on campus based on our experiences. With the implementation of Assembly Bill 1645, College of the Canyons hired an Undocumented Student Liaison to work with EOPS/CARE, CalWORKs, and RISE staff to establish an Undocumented Resource Center. Within less than six months, College of the Canyons is soon to open the doors to its first dedicated space for all undocumented, AB540/2000, DACA, TPS, out-of-status, asylum-seeking, and immigrant students. This presentation will cover topics on the importance of establishing partnerships with different academic resources on campus such as admissions, financial aid, student wellness center, EOPS and Promise. In addition, we will discuss the steps took towards creating a student-center support center and the importance of listening to student needs. Lastly, we will discuss the service we plan to provide students and how we have learned to overcome barriers due to the changes in U.S. laws and policies.

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn the early planning stages of creating an Undocumented Student Center
  • Learn the importance of creating on and off campus partnerships and networking
  • Learn to examine your college and identify the services that undocumented students need for their academic success

Webinar Recording - Session 2

College of the Canyons Undocumented Resource Center

 3 09/22
10:00 - 11:30 am

Financial Aid: Successfully Paying for College as an Undocumented Student

This Learning Session will provide participants with a summary of the financial aid opportunities and resources available to undocumented students in California. Specifically, this session will focus on demystifying the California Dream Act Application, AB 540, scholarships, and the overall financial aid process experienced by undocumented students and counselors alike. The presenters of this learning session have experience working with undocumented students and have seen first-hand the challenges, misconceptions, and common mistakes that take place during undocumented students’ financial aid application experience. For this reason, the learning session will equip participants with the information, resources, and tools that they can utilize when assisting students throughout the financial aid process. When combined, the sub-topics (listed below) that will be covered in this session will help ensure that undocumented students are successful in acquiring financial aid:

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn about existing and new state financial aid programs specifically for undocumented students
  • Learn about the common barriers to undocumented students’ success in accessing financial aid, as well as the best ways to mitigate such barriers
  • Learn about different strategies that they can implement to ensure undocumented students are successful in acquiring financial aid

Webinar Recording - Session 3

California Student Aid Commission & Immigrants Rising

 4 09/22
2:00 - 3:00 pm

Advocating for Undocumented CCC Students: Where Do We Go from Here?

This session will overview the recent DACA ruling, the current status of proposed legislation, and how California Community College advocacy can have an impact. We will provide strategies and an approach on how to effectively advocate for undocumented students on the federal level. The session will demonstrate how administrators, trustees, classified staff and student leaders can mobilize their campus community and show support for federal legislation that supports undocumented students. Additionally, this webinar will provide information on how students, faculty and staff across all colleges can access free immigration legal services.

Learning Objectives:

  • How to effectively advocate for undocumented students in your role
  • Understand the recent federal court ruling blocking new DACA applications
  • Understand where advocacy for undocumented students can be most effective
  • Understand how to access immigration legal services
  • How to request funds from the CADA Fund Assistance

Webinar Recording - Session 4

Community College League of California & Foundation for California Community Colleges

  • Andrew Martinez, Director of Government Relations, Community College League of CA
  • Ryan McElhinney, Policy & Advocacy Manager, Community College League of CA
  • Alonso Garcia, Program Manager, Foundation for California Community Colleges
 5 09/23
10:00 - 11:00 am

Breaking Enrollment Barriers: Creating the Pipeline to College for Undocumented High School Seniors

Every year 25,000 undocumented high school senior graduate from a California high school, this session covers how colleges can create a purposeful recruitment model that ensures graduating undocumented high school seniors’ path to college. This presentation will showcase how Butte College has utilized partnerships with College Recruiters, Student Orientation, Admissions office, the UndocuLiasion, and High School councilors to create a team and system to increase college enrollment numbers of graduating undocumented high school seniors.

Learning Objectives:

  • Eliminate achievement gaps that prevent undocumented high school seniors’ transition from high school to college
  • Effective intervention models that college campuses can implement to increase undocumented student enrollment
  • How to create safe and positive first-contact introductions for incoming undocumented students

Webinar Recording - Session 5

 Butte College

 6 09/23
2:00 - 3:00 pm

The Transfer Experience at Independent Nonprofit Colleges & Universities

This session will walk through how the transfer process works, both applying to and transitioning into an independent nonprofit institution as an undocumented transfer student, and also examples of institutional resources they provide for undocumented students.

Learning Objectives:

Participants will learn about the Common Application used by most AICCU institutions in the transfer application process, as well as the different transfer pathways including Associate Degree for Transfer (ADT). Learn how to access the contact information of the undocumented student liaisons at AICCU institutions on the California Undocumented Student Resources Map, the AICCU Undocumented Student Resources Directory and the AICCU Undocumented Student Resources Sector Factsheet. These resources will equip counselors, advisors, student leaders and others to inform undocumented students and where they can request more information specific for undocumented students.

Webinar Recording - Session 6

Association of Independent California Colleges and Universities

 7 09/24
10:00 - 11:00 am

Amplifying Undocumented Voices Through Policy, Advocacy, and Outreach Partnerships

If you are a dedicated counselor, staff, faculty, or administrator already working with undocumented students on your campus, or if you are looking to expand your insight around best practices and policy knowledge, this is the workshop for you!

This session will share how three community college counselors worked to pass AB 595 in partnership with the Faculty Association of California Community Colleges and Assemblymember Jose Medina's office. This bill allows undocumented students to use individual tax identification numbers in place of social security numbers for background checks into academic programs or internship programs at the community college. This is an example of how powerful the educator voice can be on behalf of students and proves what can be achieved through practitioner led advocacy.

In addition, this workshop will share how El Camino College created an extensive undocumented training program for high school counselors within their district. Over 150 high school counselors and partners have now completed comprehensive training to assist undocumented students better.

Learning Objectives:

  • Increase faculty and staff knowledge and effectiveness about the importance of providing undocumented training to their k-12 partners and community organizations
  • Educate faculty and staff about undocumented barriers that impede student success for undocumented students and how they can work in partnerships with advocacy groups to provide policy solutions
  • Participants will learn valuable tools to create lasting partnerships across campuses serving undocumented students

Webinar Recording - Session 7

 El Camino College/ Faculty Association of California Community Colleges:

 8 09/24
2:00 - 3:00 pm

The Collective Uplift: Supporting UndocuScholars and Creating a Culturally Responsive Classroom

Join this courageous conversation designed to engage participants in how to actualize inclusive, antiracist, culturally responsive practices for the collective uplift of students. Learn how to create safe learning environments that support UndocuScholars and honor authentic lived experiences. All practitioners are welcome!

Learning Objectives:

  • Review the framework and principles of culturally responsive teaching and learning
  • Learn effective practices to design safe and welcoming learning spaces
  • Commit to actualizing equity, antiracism, and culturally responsive teaching and learning

Webinar Recording - Session 8

 Academic Senate for California Community Colleges

  • Michelle Velasquez Bean, Professor of English, Rio Hondo College Treasurer, Academic Senate for California Community College Equity and Diversity Action Committee Chair, Academic Senate for California Community Colleges